Find the point P on the parabola y = x^2 closest to the point (1,0).(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

To solve for P...

I used the distance formula, and then took the derivate. Using points (x, x^2) and (1,0)...

however, while taking the derivative I get a really nasty 4th power equation, which I am not sure I can solve without a calculator.

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# Distance Minimization

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